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Middle English regnen, from Old French regner, from the Latin verb rēgnō, and the noun regnum



reign ‎(plural reigns)

  1. The exercise of sovereign power.
    England prospered under Elizabeth I.'s reign.
    • Prior
      Saturn's sons received the threefold reign / Of heaven, of ocean, and deep hell beneath.
  2. The period during which a monarch rules.
    The reign of Victoria was a long one.
  3. The territory or sphere over which a kingdom; empire; realm; dominion, etc. is ruled.
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reign ‎(third-person singular simple present reigns, present participle reigning, simple past and past participle reigned)

  1. (transitive, intransitive) To exercise sovereign power, or to rule as a monarch
    He reigned in an autocratic manner.
    • 2002, David Jeremiah, ‎C. C. Carlson, The Handwriting on the Wall
      With an ear-shattering roar, the huge cats came bounding from their caverns and skidded to a stop as if a powerful hand had reigned them abruptly.